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The 10 Fastest Ships In the Battlestar Galactica Universe, Ranked

Within the fictional landscape (or space-scape, I guess you might call it) of Battlestar Galactica, there have been quite a few seriously awesome and inventive spacecrafts featured throughout the story. Some of them are super speedy, some of them are super cool, and some of them are concepts and ideas that had never even been seen in fiction before.

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Most of the surviving ships of the human and Cylon space fleets were equipped with faster than light, or FTL, drives. Not surprising, since it'd be pretty difficult for a not quite as fast craft to survive very long in a war with ships that can move faster than the speed of light. But there were a few significant standout spacecrafts in this league of faster than light ships. So, if you were ever wondering which BSG lightning fast (literally) ships were the very coolest of the cool, here they are!

10 Raptor

As far as Battlestar Galactica spacecrafts go, the Raptor is an eternally useful utilitarian vehicle. It's not the flashiest or most powerful craft in the world, but it's one of the most commonly featured ships that is typically used for scouting and reconnaissance. Their FTL drives aren't the most advanced but they get the job done, and that is pretty well suited to the purposes of the Raptors anyway. Raptors are definitely functioned over fashion, but these small but strong crafts have been lifesavers for a lot of fan favorite characters in a lot of different dangerous situations, and it would have been hard for the humans to wage war without them.

9 Viper

If you consider yourself a BSG fan, then it's more likely than not that you've imagined yourself as a Viper pilot at least once or twice. These tiny, nimble spacecrafts are designed purely for fighting, and they're more maneuverable than pretty much any other piece of machinery in the Battlestar Galactica universe.

The Vipers aren't designed as a sustainable aircraft for long independent flights (which is an obvious weakness) but given how important the Vipers are in the overall story of the series (not to mention how many of the best characters also happen to be Viper pilots), it'd be a crime to leave them off the list.

8 Astral Queen

When most people imagine who they'd want to survive a nearly species-ending apocalyptic war, a spaceship full of criminals probably isn't at the top of the list. But that is what makes the Astral Queen such a fascinating entry into the world of Battlestar Galactica ships.

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Like most of the surviving human fleet, the Astral Queen is outfitted with a faster than light drive that enables it to escape Cylon attacks. But the ship is also the hub of some of BSG's more interesting episodes and characters, and the addition of political prisoner Tom Zarek was a particularly inspired one.

7 Cloud 9

Traveling faster than light is one thing, but traveling faster than light in style is another. Every person who managed to survive the Cylon attack should be considered blessed, but the people who managed to escape the Cylon attack because they were on the space traversing version of a luxury cruise liner seem especially lucky.

Cloud 9, the flying hotel that survived the apocalypse, is definitely one of the coolest and most distinct ships featured on Battlestar Galactica. Cloud 9 is one of the few ships in the human fleet that allows some measure of comfort, and it's massive dome that mimics a planet's surface is one of the few environments that actually feels like an environment.

6 Blackbird

The world that the remaining human population lives in is one of the seemingly very finite resources, which is why Galen Tyrol's stealth fighter Blackbird is such a unique and cool part of the story.

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It's one of the few human ships that we see that is actually built after the massive Cylon attack, and this stealth ship enables the humans to fight back against the Cylons in ways that they previously never thought possible. It's not nearly as cool as some of the other ships, but it's super impressive when you consider the fact that it was cobbled together with whatever leftovers the ship mechanics could rustle up.

5 Cylon Basestar

If Galactica is the ship that comes to mind when you think of the human side of the human/Cylon war, then they Cylon Basestars are almost certainly the ship that comes to mind when you think of the Cylons. The Basestars are essentially the Cylon versions of a Battlestar, but what differentiates them from a Battlestar is that a Basestar is an actual living organism. It's hard to say whether that makes them extra cool or extra creepy, but constructing a ship that can literally heal when it's been damaged is a pretty ingenious move on the part of the Cylons.

4 Cylon Raider

Like the Cylons themselves, one of the more intriguing (or gross, depending on your disposition) parts of Cylon ships is that they tend to be actual living beings blended with highly advanced machinery. When it comes to the Cylon Raiders, the Cylon equivalent of a Viper, they're an organism that could be somewhat comparable to an attack dog. The idea of having a small and quick attack ship that can actually think and learn for itself is a fascinating one, and it's a doubly interesting concept when you consider the fact that a dead Raider's consciousness can pop into a brand new Raider body if it dies, so they're really always getting better at what they do.

3 Pegasus

Of course, the Galactica is the iconic ship of Battlestar Galactica, but the reality of the situation is that their other Battlestar, the Pegasus, is an objectively better ship.

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It's bigger, badder, and in a higher weight class than the Galactica is, and this faster than light ship has been the savior of the human race on more than one occasion. The Pegasus is a Mercury class Battlestar, which means that it's the best military spacecraft that humankind had (and probably ever will) produced. Obviously, the show isn't called Battlestar Pegasus, but it's still the best human ship in the entire BSG universe.

2 Resurrection Ship

As humans watching a show about fictional humans at war against genocidal machines, we're clearly meant to be rooting for the dwindling human population to wind up the winners. But if the show's writers really wanted that to be the case, then why in the world did they make Cylon technology so cool? It's not surprising that Cylon technology would be super advanced, but their most brilliant invention has got to be their Resurrection ship. It's FTL enabled of course, and it serves the exact purpose you'd think it would. It allows any Cylon who has been killed to reboot into a brand new body, essentially making the Cylons immortal.

1 Galactica

It's hard to surrender to predictability, but you'd have to question the credibility of any ranking of Battlestar Galactica ships that didn't have Galactica as the number one entry. The Galactica wasn't always the strongest, swankiest, or most unique ship that we saw on BSG, but this iconic beast of a ship happens to be incredibly powerful and move faster than the speed of light.

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Saving what remains of the human race is a heavy burden to carry, but for a huge chunk of the series, Galactica carried that burden on its shoulders alone. There were plenty of FTL enabled ships in the fleet, but Galactica was the one that really felt like humanity's home.


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Viper Mk II
Viper Mk II

This Viper Mark II appeared in almost every episode of the famous television series Battlestar Galactica (2004). Launched from massive Battlestar ships, the Viper Mark II was instrumental in the First Cylon War. Although they were eventually replaced with newer models, a squadron of the space superiority fighters remained on board the Battlestar Galactica and was re-activated to defend the Galactica during its four-year journey to Earth. 

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Cylon Raider
Cylon Raider

The Cylon Raider, also known as the sparrow, is a sleek and deadly Strike Interceptor and the primary attack fighter used by the Cylons. It can speed past its enemies' ships and hunt down its targets. These new Raiders are cybernetic and capable of being "reborn", just like the Cylons, into new Raiders after being destroyed. It is made of a complex system of organs, veins and biological fluids inside the main body which enables the "reborn" ability. This provides the Cylons with a distinct tactical advantage in essence that every time a Cylon Raider is destroyed, it is reborn slightly improved having "learned" through each life-cycle it undergoes.

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The Galactica (BS-75) is a Colonial super battleship that survived the Cylon assault on the twelve colonies, becoming a protector and provider for humanity’s only survivors. 

This incredible die-cast Galactica measures approx 10.5 inches long and is brought to life in die-cast metal and high-quality ABS materials. Its robust design means it can endure hundreds of conflicts and no other ship has more heart and soul than this battle-worn behemoth.

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Viper Mk I
Viper Mk I

This Viper Mark I is the first model of the Colonial Viper space fighter line and was also known as the Starhound Class Viper. These small, nimble, single-pilot ships were designed for both atmospheric and space flight and were stationed on Colonial Battlestars, each of which held a squadron of 75. It was introduced to the military service not so long before the First Cylon War as a defensive counterattack against the Cylon Fleet.

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Baseship (TOS)
Baseship (TOS)

The Cylon Baseship was an ominous opponent for Colonial Warriors with its range of powerful weapons, Cylon fleet and shielding capabilities. The double saucer-shaped ship of the Cylon Alliance was a warship of immense proportions, crewed by Centurion troops under the ultimate command of the Imperious leader.

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Viper Mk VII
Viper Mk VII

The Viper Mk VII is the updated model of the Viper Mk II originally used as the first line of defense against the Cylons. The first years of conflict between the Twelve Colonies of Kobol and their Cylon creations, which came to be known as the First Cylon war, took a massive toll on the Colonials. But after 12 years of fighting, without warning, the Cylons sued for peace. Following this unexpected armistice, an uneasy military put all its efforts into upgrading its massively depleted force. Now fitted with a fully networked software and CNP (Command Navigation Program) system, the Viper Mk VII was considered the most sophisticated craft in the Colonies.

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Galactica (TOS)
Galactica (TOS)

The Galactica (TOS) was built by the Twelve Colonies under Commander Adama and was thought to be the only flagship to survive the Thousand Yahren War with the Cylons. It was constructed for spaceflight, with a form that was part warship and part aquatic creature and was designed to carry a 500-strong crew of military and support personnel, including pilots of the Colonial Vipers. Despite the threat of the Cylons and depleting resources, Commander Adama gave the surviving crew and refugees hope to find the Thirteenth Colony that was settled on the planet Earth. 

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The Mercury-class BattlestarPegasus was vast - at almost twice Galactica's size - and fully automated with the Command Navigation Program. This warship was a force among Battlestars, and one of the only two to survive the Cylon attack on the Colonies. The Pegasus shares many design features with the Galactica, but it is a more technologically advanced ship. Nicknamed 'The Beast', this warship has a power-plant befitting its name, employing right sublight engines for propulsion. In addition to maneuvering thrusters, it also has a hyperjump FTL core engine.

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Cylon Raider (Classic)
Cylon Raider (Classic)

The incredible Cylon Raider ship was a small and efficient firepower ship that operated out of Cylon Baseships which first appeared in the classic Battleship Galactica series. In the show, the Cylon Raider was powered by Tylium fuel, with cylindrical Cylon tanker ships providing support on extended missions across space. This small ship was large enough to accommodate three Centurions – two pilots and one commander.

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Raptor (2004)
Raptor (2004)

The Raptor is one of the most versatile ships in the Colonial Military. Operating both offensively and defensively, the Raptor was used to ferry troops and munitions, boost or block communications, and conduct search and rescue operations.  

This Raptor ship model is brought to life in heavyweight die-cast metal and high-quality ABS materials. It captures the ship’s unique design, a chunky appearance that earned it the nickname "flying pillbox", and small details like landing lights, engine burn, and cockpit decals. We have worked closely with members of the Galactica VFX team to ensure that the model is as accurate as possible.

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Cylon Raider (Blood & Chrome)
Cylon Raider (Blood & Chrome)

Cylon Raider (Blood & Chrome)

The next incredible ship to soar into the Battlestar Galactica Collection is the Cylon Raider that appeared in Blood and Chrome!

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is a prequel to the 2004 reimagined series that tells the story of William Adama (later Admiral Adama) in his earliest days aboard the Battlestar Galactica. The ships taking flight in the show were conceived to be halfway points between original designs and the updated, modern machines. This Blood and Chrome Raider combines the cockpit-style and panel structure of the Classic Raider with the enlarged engines and evolving scimitar shape of the Modern Raider. Far from mere stopgap though, this ship was a deadly upgrade in-flight speed and attack accuracy!

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Basestar (2004)
Basestar (2004)

The Modern Basestar also referred to as a base ship – was a bio-mechanical craft created by the Cylons following the First Cylon War.

This Battlestar Galactica Modern Basestar Ship measures 10.5 inches long and is brought to life in heavyweight die-cast metal and high-quality ABS materials. It captures the ship’s sleek but deadly angular design, and small details like fuel lines, engine burn, and its modern silver paintwork. We have worked closely with members of the Galactica VFX team to ensure that the model is as accurate as possible.

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Colonial One
Colonial One

Colonial One,formerly Colonial Heavy 798 – was a transport ship designed to bring government workers across the Cyrannus star system. Following the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, it served as the Presidential residence and an office where government business in the Fleet was conducted.

This Colonial Onemeasures 10 inches long and is brought to life in heavyweight die-cast metal and high-quality ABS materials. The ship comes complete with a 16-page collector’s magazine providing an in-depth profile of the ship, exclusive behind the scenes articles, original design sketches, and an interview with the series developer, Ronald D. Moore.

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The next edition to the Battlestar Galactica Ships Collection is the one-of-a-kind Blackbird ship that was designed for stealth missions by Galactica's maintenance chief Glen Tyrol. 

The Blackbird ship was built from scratch with available materials and resembled a Viper Ship. The external armor was made from a black, non-reflective, carbon-fibre composite material, that masked its presence from both Cylon and Colonial radars, as well as gave the vessel its name. Equipped with enhanced sensors and surveillance systems, it was a perfect intelligence-gathering instrument. 

This Battlestar Galactica Blackbird ship is brought to life with heavyweight die-cast metal and high-quality ABS materials. It captures the Viper-shape of the ship in a sleek black colour and little details, such as President Laura's name painted on the fuselage. Eaglemoss has worked closely with members of the Galactica VFX team to ensure that the model is as accurate as possible. 

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Viper Mk III (Blood and Chrome)
Viper Mk III (Blood and Chrome)

Viper Mk III (Blood and Chrome)

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome introduced fans to a stunning array of reimagined, upgraded starships from the original series that served as the inspiration for the all-new Battlestar Galactica series. The upgraded Viper Mark III is the next addition to our Battlestar Galactica Collection!

Viper Mark III ship is an updated version of the battle-proven Mark II Viper and was introduced during the last years of the First Cylon War. It has a more angular, modern, and "muscular" design compared to its predecessor. The ship design has inspired subsequent iterations of multi-role Vipers, eventually leading to the highly advanced Mark VII Viper. In Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome William Adama takes part in the virtual reality training program on Viper Mark II showcasing all the capabilities of the ship. 

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Cylon Raider (Scar)
Cylon Raider (Scar)

The next incredible ship to soar into the Battlestar Galactica Collection is the Cylon Raider that appeared in Scar episode of the Battlestar Galactica!

The Cylon Raider, also know as the sparrow, is a sleek and deadly Strike Interceptor and the primary attack fighter used by the Cylons. It can speed past its enemies' ships and hunt down its targets. Raiders are cybernetic and capable of being "reborn", just like the Cylons, into new Raiders after being destroyed. It is made of a complex system of organs, veins and biological fluids inside the main body which enables the "reborn" ability. This provides the Cylons with a distinct tactical advantage in essence that every time a Cylon Raider is destroyed, it is reborn slightly improved having "learned" through each life-cycle it undergoes.

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This iconic ship appeared in almost every episode of the critically acclaimed 2004 Battlestar Galactica television series. Launched from massive Battlestar ships, the Viper Mark II was instrumental in the first Cylon War. Although it was eventually replaced with a newer model, a squadron of the space superiority fighters remained on board the Battlestar Galactica and was re-activated to defend the Galactica during its four-year journey to Earth.

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Galactica type battlestar

This article discusses the Re-imagined Series battlestar class. For other meanings of Galactica, see Galactica (disambiguation).

The Galactica type battlestar[6] is a Colonial capital ship that combines the functions of an aircraft carrier and a battleship [7]. It was designed and deployed after the outbreak of hostilities between the Cylons and Colonials. A few ships of this class remain in service over 40 years after the end of the Cylon War; however, most were retired.


The class was designed and deployed by the Colonial Fleet in the early days of the First Cylon War, quite possibly as part of the Articles of Colonization, with 12 ships initially being built by, and representing, each of the Colonies (Miniseries). They included: Galactica, Columbia, Athena, and Archeron. They formed the lead ships of Cylon War era Battlestar Groups, and were represented in almost every major engagement of the War.

The original battlestars were space-going leviathans of more than 4700 feet (1400 meters) in length, designed to tackle the Cylon threat head on. They featured powerful gun batteries that ran up the center of the hull, numerous point defense turrets, and many missile silos, but their main show of force came from the multiple Viper stacks housed in the flight pods, which held up to a thousand Vipers. Initially, these stacks ran multiple stories, but were removed as the war died down (TRS: Blood and Chrome, Razor Flashbacks).

Unfortunately, the class didn't hold up well to the Cylon threat, with only the Galactica, Athena, and a third unnamed ship surviving the war. [8] Despite this, newer Galactica type ships were built, with newer technologies, which still remained in service at the time of the Fall of the Colonies. However, Galactica was never upgraded, and remained in its Cylon War outfit at the time of its retirement 40 years after the war. [9]

Eventually, the class is phased out in favor of the smaller Valkyrie type battlestars, and the newer Mercury class battlestars, however was inadvertently survived by the Galactica for nearly 5 years after the Fall of the Colonies.


The design common to Galactica and its sister ships can be broken down into two main sections: the main hull and the twin flight pods.

Main hull

This comprises the bulk of a battlestar and can itself be divided into three sections:

  • The fore section: Also known as the "alligator head", contains much of the living and crew areas, including the CIC, War Room, Observation deck, Pilot's rec room, Sickbay, crew quarters, comfort facilities, and numerous airlocks. This section also includes the main water tanks, and water transfer hatches.
  • The mid section: Contains the main flight decks, flight pod retraction mechanisms, and service areas for the transfer of planes and pilots from flight pod, to flight pod. This section also houses the main gun batteries, missile launch tubes and support systems, and corresponding ammunition stores (Miniseries).
  • The stern section: Contains the ship's engine pods, FTL drives, and engineering facilities needed to maintain the ship's propulsion.

Flight pods

Main article: Flight pod

The flight pods serve as the most critical feature of the battlestar. They are designed to launch and retrieve support ships such as Vipers and Raptors, as well as various other support craft such as Thera Sita, and even Colonial One. The pods on the Galactica type are designed to retract into the main body of the ship, primarily for FTL operations, and support ship transfers. Under normal operations, the pods are expanded out to provide a safe landing and support area for the ship's CAP. The pods also feature airlocks that can be used to dock the entire battlestar to a station or drydock for the safe transfer of personnel and equipment.

Each flight pod comprises two main decks for flight operations: the upper landing bay, which extends the full length of the pod, and the lower launch bays, which provide some 40 launch tubes per pod. The hangar deck, located under the landing bay, is used for maintenance, repair, refueling, rearming, and launch operations and runs the length of the flight pod.

Landing approaches are made from the stern. The preferred approach is a slow run into the landing bay, prior to making a vertical landing on a defined landing area (Act of Contrition). However, in emergencies, combat landings can be made, in which a craft approaches and lands at high speed on its landing skids (Miniseries).


  • Top and bottom of Galactica.

  • Front, back, and side of Galactica.

  • Size comparison to Nimitz.



Galacticawith all six sublight engines engaged (33)
Main article: Propulsion in the Re-imagined Series

Despite their massive size, battlestars are extremely maneuverable and can dock with space stations such as Ragnar Anchorage. Battlestars are not designed for atmospheric flight, although their hulls can manage a tenuous upper atmospheric storm like that surrounding the gas giant Ragnar (Miniseries) and can survive a jump and subsequent freefall into the atmosphere of a habitable planet (Exodus, Part II). A battlestar's FTL systems are capable of accurate jumps, able to place them in synchronous orbit above a relatively close planet and of placing them safely in the midst of an asteroid field (The Hand of God), a dense fleet of ships (Scattered), or a planetary atmosphere. However, they are grossly inferior to Cylon systems in terms of safe range (Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I).


Battlestars are intended to operate for long periods without re-supplying. Their water purification capabilities alone are so efficient that, barring an emergency or unforeseen event, a battlestar can operate "for several years before replenishing" (Water). They also appear capable of undertaking large-scale repairs following battle damage (Miniseries, "Water"). They have ammunition assembly capabilities in the armory (Epiphanies) and may have small general fabrication facilities (Litmus). Vegetable stores and canned goods are kept in titanium lockers (Final Cut). Battlestars are capable of continuing combat operations despite suffering massive damage, as evidenced by Galactica's continuing effectiveness at defending the fleet years after the first Cylon attack and following several punishing engagements (He That Believeth In Me).

Computer systems

Main article: Computers in the Re-imagined Series

The original battlestar vessels deliberately avoided the use of networked primary computer systems during the Cylon War, as Cylon forces were adept at infiltrating and subverting such systems (Miniseries).

On Galactica, in the post-Cylon War era, these primary computers remained isolated by practice on order of its last pre-Holocaust commanding officer, William Adama. This no-networks practice saved Galactica from the fate of its sister battlestars in the Fall of the Twelve Colonies as Galactica's no-network order meant that the CNP, installed in almost all Colonial Fleet vessels at the time, could not be used aboard Galactica as the CNP was designed for use with a computer network.

In one dire instance in the early months of their exodus, Galactica networks its primary computers temporarily to aid in computation speeds for jump calculations needed to find the missing civilian Fleet (Scattered), but it is not without consequence. One or more computers are cracked during a Cylon attack with a Cylon virus, which proves resistant to removal and (weeks later) threatens the operation of the battlestar until the computers' hard drives are erased and restored from pre-Fall backup sets (Flight of the Phoenix).


The flak field from Galactica's large turrets (TRS: "Scattered")
Main article: Weapons in the Re-imagined Series
These are mounted on the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the main hull and the ventral surface of the bow. The two guns on each turret fire in tandem. They have been shown to be quite effective against targets like basestars (Resurrection Ship, Part II). These large guns are able to use both flak ammunition and high-explosive anti-capital ship shells. Additionally, the guns are able to engage in coordinated barrage strategies, such as salvo (and presumably, volley) fire.
Some of Galactica's point defense turrets
  • 514 smaller point-defense turrets (mounting 2 guns apiece) [11]
These are mounted on the flight pods and other surfaces. Each barrel fires explosive rounds in bursts.
  • Multiple nuclear warheads [12]
Deployed from 12 launch tubes mounted in the dorsal main hull (The Eye of Jupiter).
  • Numerous Viper space superiority fighters [13]
Even the latest Mk. VII Vipers remain compatible with this class's launch and recovery facilities.


During the First Cylon War, the Galactica type line of battlestars housed at least 5,000 crew and staff members on a fully operational ship, with many of these being support personnel such as Viper pilots, and Viper technicians. That number is drastically reduced following the Armistice, with many mustering out of service, and advancements in technology eliminating the need for certain service positions (for example, manned gun batteries). By the Fall of the Colonies, these and the newer Mercury class flagships, have a crew of no more than 2,500 to 3,000 people. In Galactica's case, it is suggested the ship is understaffed due to its decommissioning; however, the crew is still able to operate the battlestar, even in a time of war, with little to no loss of function [15].

Life support

Approximately twelve oxygen recirculation units are mounted throughout the ships of this class, which replenish oxygen as well as remove ("scrub") carbon dioxide from the air. These devices work continuously (Final Cut).

Ships In Class

Unknown Unknown Active, Caprica planetary defense, circa YR58 (42 BCH) "Blood & Chrome".
Unknown Unknown Active, Caprica planetary defense, circa YR58 (42 BCH) "Blood & Chrome".
Galactica 75 (BSG 75) Decommissioned, circa YR00 (0 BCH) TRS: "Daybreak, Part II".
Archeron Unknown Destroyed, Battle of Sector 12, YR58 (42 BCH) "Blood & Chrome".
Unknown Unknown Active, part of "Ghost Fleet", YR58 (42 BCH) "Blood & Chrome".
Columbia Unknown Destroyed, Operation Raptor Talon, YR60 (40 BCH) "Razor Flashbacks"
Unknown Unknown Active, part of Operation Raptor Talon, YR60 (40 BCH) "Razor Flashbacks"
Athena Unknown Active, First Cylon War, YR60 (40 BCH) -
Unknown Unknown Destroyed, Fall of the Twelve Colonies, YR00 (0 BCH) TRS: "Miniseries".
Unknown Unknown Destroyed, Fall of the Scorpion Fleet Shipyards, YR00 (0 BCH) "Razor".



  1. Tigh: "Engineering/Combat. Please spin up FTL drives One and Two." (Miniseries)
  2. ↑Originally sourced to Zoic without explanation.
  3. ↑These dimensions (in meters) were derived from the CG model and posted by Lee Stringer on the forums, which are no longer available. They are the most precise so far. The width with pods extended and the height are quoted here verbatim; the length was calculated by adding the posted dimension for the front of the ship (766.04m) to the posted dimension for the back (672.6m). The full set as provided by Lee Stringer is as follows: "Width (Pods out) 536.84m (Pods In) 352.34m Engines Max 359.38m Head Max 334.58m Length: Front (Main body) 730.65m (Antenee) 766.04m Back 672.6m (using the center of the two arms as the middle) Height (Armor/Mainbody) 181.825m (Details) 183.315m".
  4. ↑This is from flight pod to flight pod while they are extended.
  5. ↑Blog comment by Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz.
  6. ↑Template:Bsgwiki term
  7. ↑Although not strictly official and not yet shown or confirmed in the series itself, the September 2006 Maxim issue contained a photoshoot, including this picture showing the weapons control room in the CIC. A printout on the table reads "Galactica class battlestar".
  8. ↑The series bible implies that the Athena was one of only three ships of Galactica's class to survive the war. As such it is likely that the Athena was one of the battlestars involved in "Operation Raptor Talon".
  9. ↑Aaron Doral's comment at the start of the Miniseries, that Galactica is the "last of her kind", suggests that other Galactica type battlestars still in service use equipment that may be entirely different, regardless of the external configuration. Doral could also be referring to the lack of computer networks on Galactica as opposed to the rest of the fleet, which still indicates hardware upgrades during the vessels' lifetimes.
  10. ↑These are rail guns (Battlestar Galactica RPG) 1 and 2 mark the position of these guns, with 8 on the dorsal and 12 on the ventral hull (of which 8 are mounted on the bow). Note that 2 turrets on either side of the bow are partially obscured and not marked in image 1.
  11. ↑Number of the guns on the CGI model by Zoic, does not account for dorsally mounted and ventrally mounted guns
  12. ↑As of the episode "Bastille Day", Galactica was equipped with five nuclear warheads. This may be lower than the typical number, since Galactica was in the process of being decommissioned and had already had most of its ammunition removed. If this is the case, we must conclude that Galactica was unable to reload its supply of nuclear arms at Ragnar Anchorage (a sensible proposition, given the ease with which purported arms smuggler Leoben Conoy was able to gain access to the facility).
  13. ↑After the destruction of 20 Vipers during the Cylon attack, Galactica was still able to muster a 40-Viper strong defensive screen by combining their remaining squadron of Mk. VII Vipers with a full squadron of Mk. II Vipers from a museum exhibit in the starboard flight pod. This suggests that Galactica, with a single operational flight pod, was fielding two squadrons from it, and that when fully operational it could have fielded an additional two squadrons from the starboard pod.
  14. ↑At the time of the Cylon attack, Galactica was apparently equipped with at least eight.
  15. ↑According to a crew tally, Galactica is staffed by approximately 2,700 people at the time of its decommissioning. The full crew complement would be higher as has been indicated as roughly twice as high by some sources.
Battlestar Galactica - Pegasus and Galactica Destroy The Resurrection Ship

Battlestar Galactica (fictional spacecraft)

"Battlestar Galactica (ship)" redirects here. For other uses, see Battlestar Galactica (disambiguation).

Battlestar Galactica is a space battleship in the original and re-imaginedscience fiction television series Battlestar Galactica. In the series, the Twelve Colonies built approximately 120 Battlestars during their thousand-year war with the Cylons, whose own battleships are known as Basestars.

Battlestar Galactica (1978, 1980)[edit]


One of several Battlestars constructed by the Twelve Colonies of Man, Galactica represents the Colonial planet Caprica, and is crewed mostly by Capricans. Galactica was launched more than 500 yahren before the close of the Thousand Yahren War (and the start of the pilot film).[1] It is believed to be the only Battlestar to survive the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, until Battlestar Pegasus is found. Galactica is commanded by Commander Adama.

In the pre-Holocaust Colonial Service, battlestars like Galactica operated as part of numbered naval fleets (e.g. the Fourth Fleet), [2] A typical fleet comprised 600 fighting ships[3] and operated independently from other fleets.[4] Since the Holocaust, Galactica is the military's sole capital ship of any kind, except briefly for the Pegasus.

Speed and armament[edit]

Galactica is capable of lightspeed travel,[5] although while escorting the refugee fleet she must limit her speed to that of the slowest ship.[6]Galactica also has a complement of shuttles. Unlike similar civilian models, these transport craft include military gear for detecting electronic emissions from other spacecraft[3] and drop chutes for paratroop assaults.[7] In addition, Galactica has armored, tracked ground vehicles known as "landrams"[8] and "snowrams."[9] These are armed with an open turret on the roof and are landed by shuttles. Galactica carries a large number of manually aimed[10] laser batteries, both for anti-aircraft defense against fighters and for engaging other capital ships.[1] As to purely defensive measures, Galactica is protected by both "electronic shields" and a heavy metal double-pocket hatch shield that covers its panoramic bridge viewport; the latter is closed in "positive shield" state and open in "negative shield" state. However, while these might provide limited protection, they are insufficient to guard against suicide ramming runs by Cylon raiders[11] or pulsar-cannon fire from Cylon base ships.[1]Galactica also has the ability to project a broad cone of energy, wide enough to cover much of one hemisphere of an Earth-sized planet, that is powerful enough to destroy ballistic missiles and their nuclear warheads.[5]


A battlestar such as Galactica has two sources of energy. The engines are powered by Tylium, a highly volatile liquid fuel derived from minerals mined on a limited number of planets.[12] The Tylium is stored in two tanks located as far inboard as possible, since the detonation of either tank is sufficient to destroy the battlestar.[13] Other energy needs are met by energizers, which are self-contained generators roughly the size of a human adult. These are located all across Galactica.[14] Networked to each other, they are able to supply sufficient power to meet Galactica's needs even if some of them should fail.[13]

Other Battlestars[edit]

Seven other Battlestars are specifically named in the series. They are Acropolis,Atlantia,Columbia,Pacifica,Pegasus,Rycon, and Triton. Of the other ships it is known that Atlantia,Acropolis,Pacifica, and Triton were destroyed at the Battle of Cimtar in "Saga of a Star World." The Columbia is mentioned in the episode "Gun on Ice Planet Zero," but it is said to also have been destroyed at Cimtar by a Centurion. Rycon is mentioned in passing in the episode "Take The 'Celestra'" as the ship of Commander Kronus. Pegasus is encountered in "The Living Legend." Novelizations based on the original series, various comic books, and other sources have named several other Battlestars, including Bellerophon,Solaria,Cerberus,Olympia, and Prometheus.

Battlestar Galactica (2003)[edit]

In the re-imagined series, there were about 120 Battlestars in service prior to the second Cylon attack.

Galactica (BS-75) entered service in the early years of the first Cylon War, under the command of Commander Silas Nash. During her service, Galactica formed a part of Battlestar Group 75 (BSG 75), a Colonial force described by series creator Ronald D. Moore as a mixed force of vessels somewhat similar to a US Navycarrier strike group. After graduating from the Colonial Military Academy, William Adama's first posting was to Galactica as a Raptor pilot.

Like many of her sister ships that survived the first Cylon War, Galactica underwent refits and upgrades (for example, at the end of her career, she was equipped with the latest Mark VII Viper space superiority fighter). However, the computer systems were never networked nor integrated during these refits.

Due to this lack of network integration at the time of the Cylon attack, Galactica was unaffected by the infiltration program used by the Cylons to disable Colonial vessels and defense systems, using the Command Navigation Program (CNP), developed by Dr. Gaius Baltar and subverted by Cylon operative Number Six as a back door into such systems.

At the time of the Cylon Attack, Galactica was fifty years old and was undergoing formal decommissioning from the Colonial Fleet following her retirement as an operational vessel. The ship had been due to become a museum commemorating the first Cylon War and an educational center, with much of its outer armor and a number of weapons having been stripped. Due to its age and operating conditions, the ship is unofficially known as "The Bucket" by the crews of both Pegasus and Galactica.[16] Another nickname used by the crew is "The Big G"[17] (a possible reference to the U.S. Navy sailors' nickname for USS Enterprise, "The Big E"). Galactica's starboard launch pod was outfitted as a Cylon war museum; this exhibit remained intact until the final mission against the Cylon colony.

Since the Cylon attack, in keeping with the concept of the original 1978 series, Galactica became both protector and provider to a small fleet of civilian vessels searching for the legendary planet Earth.

Galactica took heavy damage during its raid against the Cylons on planet New Caprica, and her hull was now clearly darker with burn marks and missile hits, most notably the three large holes on her back where the armor was weakest.

The starboard hangar pod had been converted into a museum prior to Galactica's intended decommissioning. The starboard hangar deck was used to house civilian refugees from New Caprica after the evacuation, and earned the nickname "Camp Oilslick".[18] In "A Measure of Salvation", which followed "Torn", Major Lee Adama informs Galactica that their Raptor was on approach to the starboard landing deck, which indicated that the starboard flight pod had started flight operations again.[19] However, this is likely a dialogue error because in the finale it was still shown to be a museum and Oilslick was never moved.

In the episode "The Woman King", 300 additional passengers were shown being moved to the starboard hangar deck, and the area was given the name "Dogsville" by the Galactica crew. Upon arriving, each passenger was checked for medical issues by civilian doctors and medical staff. Also now housed in the starboard hangar deck was a makeshift bar called "Joe's", located behind a storage area. Joe's was equipped with a bumper pool table, Pyramid arcade area, and a heavily damaged Mark II Viper hanging over the bar. The bar was first seen in the episode "Taking a Break from All Your Worries". The bar appeared to have an alcohol still, similar to the one Chief Tyrol built in the port hangar deck, in the center of it. The piano that Kara Thrace plays in the episode "Someone to Watch Over Me" is located in Joe's Bar.

In the episode "The Passage" Galactica was used to house fleet passengers during the trip through a star cluster, leaving the fleet vessels to be flown by skeleton crews with radiation medication.

Galactica was seen taking multiple hits from Cylon nuclear weapons and though the ship suffered damage, she was still operational. It is unclear exactly how well rated the Cylon nuclear weapons were versus Galactica's armor. Also, as the nukes detonated outside of the vessel, most of the energy would have been directed and attenuated out into the area of least resistance: space. However, the punishment has apparently begun to accumulate. In "Blood on the Scales", after disabling the FTL drive, Chief Tyrol noticed a large crack in an interior wall; in the subsequent episode, "No Exit", a more detailed inspection reveals hairline fractures and more obvious structural damage throughout the ship. The damage is aggravated by the fact that the original builders of the ship 'cut corners' during her construction. Tyrol suggests applying a Cylon organic resin that will bond itself into the hull, both repairing and strengthening the metal as it matures. Admiral Adama initially refuses the idea, but after finding cracks in the bulkheads of his quarters, he gives Tyrol permission to do whatever it takes to repair Galactica. The repairs were not proceeding well, with numerous electrical faults occurring throughout the ship. When Boomer made her escape, she jumped her Raptor close to the port forward section of the bow, causing a spatial distortion which caused massive damage both externally and internally, exacerbating the already heavy structural damage.

At the onset of the series, Galactica's last operational squadron of Mark VII Vipers participated in the decommissioning ceremony before departing the ship for reassignment. The squadron was redirected to intercept a group of Cylon fighters and was subsequently disabled by the Cylon computer virus and destroyed. The Mark II Vipers meant for Galactica's museum display were pressed into service to defend the ship; these and a small number of Mark VIIs comprised the ship's fighter complement until the arrival of the Battlestar Pegasus midway through the second season. Pegasus possessed construction facilities and flight simulators that allowed it to build and train new Mark VII vipers and pilots to strengthen the squadrons of both ships. When Pegasus was destroyed during the liberation of New Caprica, her nearly intact squadrons were transferred to Galactica, giving the latter a full complement of Vipers. By the time of the episode He That Believeth in Me, there were more Vipers available than qualified pilots, and trainees were pressed into service to defend the fleet. A significant number of pilots participated in the mutiny led by Tom Zarek and Felix Gaeta.[20] The pilots who refused to assist William Adama in retaking the ship were court-martialed and incarcerated aboard the fleet prison vessel. The further reduction in manpower forces Adama to allow Cylon heavy raiders from the renegade basestar to assist in CAP duties alongside Galactica's regular pilots.

Due to the ship's age, battle damage, and subpar materials used in her construction, Galactica eventually begins to show signs of severe metal fatigue. Attempts to seal the ship's multiple stress fractures with the Cylon resin fail, and Adama orders the ship to be abandoned and stripped of weapons, parts and supplies. The discovery of the Cylon colony gives Galactica a brief reprieve, and a skeleton crew embarks on a mission to rescue the Cylon/human child Hera.[21]

The crew of volunteers is supplemented by Cylon centurions from the rebel base ship as well as a small number of civilians including Laura Roslin, Gaius Baltar, and Tory Foster. Samuel Anders, a Cylon left in a vegetative state due to brain damage, is connected to the ship's systems, effectively becoming the battlestar's version of a Cylon hybrid.

Galactica jumps to within point blank firing range of the colony, making it impossible for missiles to be utilized, and sustains more damage in the exchange of gunfire. Anders successfully disrupts the colony's systems and shuts down their weapons. A squadron of Raptors jumps from Galactica's starboard landing bay, destroying it in the process, and the battlestar is rammed into the colony. Marine and centurion assault teams from the Raptors and from Galactica are successful in rescuing Hera, but a counter-assault by the remaining Cylon forces in the colony results in a standoff. A truce is negotiated, but hostilities resume when the Final Five fail to transmit the plans for Cylon resurrection to the colony. The colony is hit by several nukes accidentally fired from a disabled Raptor, and begins being pulled into a nearby black hole. Kara Thrace jumps Galactica without retracting the landing pods, resulting in severe structural fractures along its length, effectively breaking the ship's back and rendering Galactica incapable of jumping again.

Thrace uses co-ordinates derived from the musical notes of a song that has haunted both her and the Final Five Cylons, resulting in the ship arriving at the planet that will eventually become modern-day Earth. A Raptor is sent to rendezvous with the fleet, and the survivors of the Twelve Colonies settle on the planet along with the remaining Cylon rebels. Galactica and the other ships in the fleet are abandoned. Admiral Adama flies the last Viper off the ship, and the battlestar and its fleet are scuttled by Samuel Anders, who pilots them on their last flight directly into the Sun.


  1. ^ abc"The Hand of God" (1978 TV series)
  2. ^"The Living Legend, Part 1;" "Take The 'Celestra'" (1978 TV series)
  3. ^ ab"Take The 'Celestra'" (1978 TV series)
  4. ^"The Living Legend, Part 1;" "Take The 'Celestra'" (1978 TV series) (dialogue recounts major battles with the Cylons waged by individual fleets)
  5. ^ ab"Experiment in Terra" (1978 TV series)
  6. ^"The Gun on Ice Planet Zero, Part 2 (1978 TV series)
  7. ^"The Living Legend, Part 2" (1978 TV series)
  8. ^"Saga of a Star World, Part 3 (1978 TV series)
  9. ^"The Gun on Ice Planet Zero, Part 1 (1978 TV series)
  10. ^"Saga of a Star World, Part 1" (1978 TV series)
  11. ^"Saga of a Star World, Part 1;" "Fire in Space" (1978 TV series)
  12. ^"Saga of a Star World, Parts II and III" (1978 TV series)
  13. ^ ab"Fire in Space" (1978 TV series)
  14. ^"The Magnificent Warriors" (1978 TV series)
  15. ^BSG CGI designer Mojo reveals the size of the battlestars
  16. ^"The Captain's Hand". Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series).
  17. ^"Bastille Day". Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series).
  18. ^"Torn". Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series).
  19. ^"A Measure of Salvation". Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series).
  20. ^"Blood on the Scales" and Ronald Moore commentary
  21. ^Daybreak, parts 1 and 2, reimagined series.

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